Report: EU to reject ban on Huawei

The European Union (EU) will not require its member countries to ban Huawei from their wireless networks, spurning U.S. warnings that the Chinese telecom poses an intelligence threat, according to Reuters.

Citing four unnamed sources familiar with the decision, the outlet reported that Andrus Ansip, the European Commission’s digital chief, will present his recommendation next week.

The proposal will reportedly advise member states to adopt the EU’s cybersecurity guidelines to coordinate and share information on their wireless networks.

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According to Reuters, the plan would be to allow countries to decide for themselves whether to ban Huawei.

The U.S. has pushed its allies to reject Huawei, arguing that it has close ties to the Chinese government that could give Beijing the ability to use the company’s hardware to spy on other countries.

Huawei has repeatedly denied that it shares information with the Chinese government or that its technology is compromised.

Many European telecommunications providers have argued that banning Huawei would set the continent back years in its efforts to deploy 5G networks.